Internet Rights and Wrongs: Choices And Challenges in a Networked World

24 Feb

Hillary Clinton speech at George Washington University, 15 Febryary 2011.

This article contain a significant issue which deserves the attention of citizens and government.  This article tells needs that we have been watching in real time on our television sets. We look through some countries, for instance,  Egypt and Iran, and here we can see that there are protest movements. But government did not want the people to communicate with each other and press did not communicate with the public.Cell phones service was cut off, TV satellite signals were jammed and, of course, internet access was blocked for all population. In this case, people protested because of deep frustrations with the political and economic conditions. Then there were a debate whether the internet is a force for liberation or repression.

The internet has become the public space of the 21st century. We all shape and are shaped by what happens in the internet, for example, in marketplace, coffehouse, nightclub or town square. Hillary Clinton recommend to protect human righs online as they do offline. In our time, people are as likely to come together to pursue common interests online. Morereover, freedom  of expression and association online called “freedom to connect”. The United States supports this freedom for people everywhere. Also support expanding the number of people who acess to the internet. And because the internet must work they support the multi-stakeholder system that governs the internet today.

The main points of this article is to show challenge in internet. The first one is achieeving both liberty and security (are always presentes as equal and opposite); the more you have of one, the less you have of the other. The second one is protecting both transparency and confidentiality. The internet  is a channel for private communications and there must be protection for confidential communication online. The third is protecting free expression while fostering tolerance and civility. The internet is – false, offensive, incendiary, truthful and beautiful.

To conclude I want to say that the internet is one of the grand challenges of our time. It is struggle for human rights, for human freedom and for human dignity. We must support it.

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